Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

And, once again, our Joyce has come up with some great questions for this Wednesday gathering. She's such a busy woman and I marvel at her ability to come up with these questions week in and week out.  What a lady!!!

1. What's something people might ask you for help with?

Anything that needs organizing, be it an event, a Bible Study,some type promotion, etc. Organization is my gift and something that I inherited from both my Dad and Mom.  I will be the first to admit that I can and have sometimes carried it a bit too far, but, nonetheless, I am good at it. ~just speakin' the truth~
2. What's something you might ask someone else for help with?

I have some dear friends that are very gifted in the flower arranging department and also in the table scape department.  I have, over the years, asked for their help and I have learned so much in both of these areas because of them. 

  3.  Did your family take summer vacations when you were a child? If so, where did you go? If you're a parent, did/do you plan summer vacations with your own family? Did/do they resemble those you took as a child?
We did go on summer vacations when I was a child even though money was scarce.  For most of my growing up years we lived in Arkansas and my Mom's family all lived in Virginia.  So, all of our vacations ended up there but we would usually do something extra on the way to or from there.  One of the most memorable things that we did was go to Washington, DC  I wish that I could find a picture of us on that trip to show you.  My precious Mom made the two of us matching dresses and then made my Dad and brother shirts out of the same fabric as our dresses.  I remember thinking that was so neat!  My, how times have changed!
Yes, Hubby and I took our kids on many vacations and they were usually a bit more extravagant than those I took as a child.  I think we took them to Disney World at least 4 times, Acapulco, Hawaii and then since my parents lived in Virginia we went there a lot and always included side trips with that.  I think they have fond, fond memories of our vacation times. 

4.   Pool-lake-ocean...which one is most appealing to you on a hot summer day?

Well, if I have to pick one, it would most definitely be a pool.  I have spent many an hour with my kids at the pool when they were growing up and they were some fun, fun times.  But, after they were grown, I had no desire of my own to go to a pool.  If we had ever had our own pool, I just might have felt differently.  Who knows?

5.  Have you ever justified using the expression, 'you gotta be cruel to be kind'?  Was it really necessary or were you rationalizing?

Oh, Joyce, these type of questions really give my brain more of a workout than I can handle sometimes. ~smile~ But, at times we do have to say somethings that may sting at the moment but will be helpful down the road.  I don't like the word cruel, but I guess to the recipient of the words, it may seem cruel and yes, the few times that I have done such, I do believe it was necessary. Hummm......or at least I thought it was at the time. 

6.  The Journal of Psychology recently mentioned the results of a survey identifying the ten most hated foods as-liver, lima beans, mayonnaise, mushrooms, eggs, okra, beets, brussel sprouts, tuna, and gelatin.  Of those foods, how many do you actually hate? Anything you'd add to the list?

Well, I ate liver all of my growing up years but I would not touch it with a "ten foot" pool now, so think that means I hate it. And, beets would fall into that category as well.  Some of the other items on that list are actually things that I absolutely love!

7. What's your favorite book or movie set in a beach or lake town?

I'll just go with the first one that came to my mind, Jaws! Heavens to Betsy, that was a long time ago, 1975 to be exact and I was a mere child. ~well, almost~  To watch it now is almost funny because of the advancement in the reality of movies such as that.  But, for that time period, it was as real as real could be. It just occurred to me that the question said, "set in a beach or lake town."  Oh, well, I don't know that Jaws was set in either, but I'm leaving the answer as is and moving on..............

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Monday I had my "hired daughter" come and help me clean all the kick knack stuff on the tops of my kitchen and family room cabinets.  She has done this for years and we make a fun time out of it.  This year we decided it was time to wash the silk greenery that is enter twined among the decor.  She took it out on the patio and sprayed it down with the water house and left it to dry.  She goes back in a few minutes to get it and hollars, "Ms. Lea, there's a snake out here."  Well, for goodness sakes, I'm not sure what she thought I was going to do besides scream, but she took off running to the shop to get a hoe or shovel. ~smart gal~ I meanwhile stand on the patio hollaring for her to hurry. ~like she wasn't~ She comes back and takes a stab at that sucker with the shovel and kills him "graveyard dead~"  We look him over and decided that he is definitely a Copperhead and take him with the shovel and lay him on the shop floor so that Hubby can tell us for sure when he gets home.  Well, Hubby gets home, goes to investigate and informs us that he was nothing more than a Chicken Snake.  Well, chicken, smicken, it didn't matter, we were scared all the same.  My "hired daughter" just became all the more valuable to me - she's a snake killer as well as a fabulous cleaner.  YEA!!!!
Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!


  1. My dog discovered a dead snake in our backyard yesterday. It wasn't big but still, picking up dead snakes is not in my skill set : ) I snapped a picture to inform the hubs, and when he got home from a business dinner at ten o'clock I sent him out with a flashlight to get it. He's a good man. Copperhead-chicken snake, whatever...they're all snakes to me! Ick!!

  2. Good morning! Interesting as always! The snake would have flipped me out too ~ chicken or otherwise, haha. Enjoy your day!

  3. Ewwwwwwwwwwww! A snake!!! I saw a very small snake yesterday when I was working out in the yard and screamed loud enough to wake the dead. I can only imagine my reaction to a "real" snake.

    So far, you are the only Hodgepodger who took #5 the way I did. ;-)

  4. It is handy to have someone around who isn't afraid to kill a snake! CH fussed at me right after we got married because I ran over a black snake. (Oops!)

  5. I would have done the same thing if I saw a snake. This morning I was cleaning the entryway and saw a cricket and just about flipped. I still have the heeby-jeebies!

  6. I am an organizer too, but not of events. Rather a very good organizer of things and a good scheduler.

  7. A dead snake is the only kind of good snake! Who cares what it was! : )

  8. You certainly do have some talented flower-arranging friends and I'm sure they have taken advantage of some of your organizing skill in the past. Yikes, the snake! It wouldn't matter what kind to me either.

  9. Chicken schmicken is right! "Graveyard dead" is the only good way to encounter a snack indeed. My hubby killed a rattlesnake last summer IN THE TOMATO GARDEN!!! And then the authorities told us it's illegal to kill rattlers in MAryland because they control our rodent population. Well, let them kill rodents on their OWN territory, not threaten me and my beloved people and dogs. Okay, snake talks make ME rattle and hiss!! Kudoes to your hired daughter for slaying the beast.

  10. Snake, not snack ! LOL But actually, I really don't want to encounter a living snack:0

  11. Oh my, no matter what kind of snake it is ...I hate snakes! They are so creepy. I had one in my backyard years ago and ended up calling to have a man remove it. It turned out to be harmless but if it wasn't taken away I wouldn't go back outside. :)


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